Djokovic Meets ATP Chief Gaudenzi, Says Players Body Moving Ahead

Djokovic Meets ATP Chief Gaudenzi, Says Players Body Moving Ahead

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Djokovic Meets ATP Chief Gaudenzi

Novak Djokovic had a chat with ATP chief Andrea Gaudenzi forward of the Italian Open in Rome relating to his breakaway gamers physique, the world primary mentioned, reiterating that the brand new affiliation could possibly be a “positive addition” to the boys’s Tour.

In a surprising transfer Djokovic stepped down as head of the ATP participant council final month together with members Vasek Pospisil, John Isner and Sam Querrey and introduced the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).

“I did meet Andrea. We had a player meeting and he did a presentation for us. It was about two days ago,” the Serb advised reporters after transferring into the third spherical in Rome with a win over Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso.

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“We stayed for about two and a half hours and I stayed all the way through. I had a chat with him as well privately. We don’t have any issues.

“We always had a very transparent and open relationship, Andrea and myself. We have known each other for many years. I respect him a lot.”

Djokovic has described the PTPA, which he mentioned has already attracted the help of greater than 200 gamers, as a platform for the views of the athletes that may co-exist with the ATP.

Tennis governing our bodies have, nevertheless, opposed the transfer and known as for unity now that the game has resumed after a prolonged shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We never said we want to boycott or separate ourselves from the ATP or anything like that. We want to work together in this ecosystem with ATP and everyone else,” Djokovic mentioned.

“The Players Association is going forward, it’s very important for us to have a 100% players representation.”

Djokovic’s transfer has met opposition from Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal whereas performing participant council president Kevin Anderson didn’t see how the PTPA might co-exist with the ATP underneath the present construction.

Djokovic mentioned he had exchanged greetings with Nadal in Rome however was but to talk with the Spaniard concerning the PTPA.

“That’s not gonna happen during the tournament for sure,” Djokovic mentioned. “Maybe there will be time for that next week before Roland Garros when we don’t have matches for maybe three-four days and maybe that will be a chance to do it.”

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